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Torrance, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Location in the Middle of Stone Town was outstanding. Staff was friendly. My husband and I took the optional cooking class. Learning new dishes with the Zanzibar spices was fun. The owner took us out to buy spices at her favorite shop. Rooms were spacious and comfortable, some with small balconies overlooking the street.

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Tanzania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

If you want a good view of the town and see the sun setting over the ocean, this is a great place. The building, very near to the Zanzibar coffee house, is very attractive and you can either take the lift or, if you're feeling fit, ascend the steep stairs and you'll get to see the very attractive accommodation floors.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

Nice boutique hotel centrally located near the local markets and all that Stone Town has to offer. It is a great little hotel with friendly staff, the building itself is a beautiful old building and it retains its charm. The roof top restaurant is a lovely place to have breakfast, with some lovely views its also a beautiful breezy spot... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016

A lovely old building in the middle of Stone Town, easily accessible everywhere. The staff at The Swahili House were so pleasant, accommodating and welcoming, especially Susanne at Reception. We left our phone charger behind and she came all the way to the Ferry Port to give it to us. The food and service at the restaurant was spectacular. Truly... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2016 via mobile

The beautiful interior of the Swahili House sets the mood for a nice and cosy meal. They have a rooftop terrace with a decent view, though we chose to eat downstairs because of airconditioning and charging possibilities. I ordered a dish with chicken, as shown in the picture, and it was very delicious. The staff was very nice and the... More 

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Stone Town, Tanzania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Last week stayed with my wife 1 night at the Swahili House, we where personal greeted my the Manageress (Bonita) who later took my wife for special shopping, as my wife needed some special kango for our daughter and Bonita was kind enough to show her the shop, we stayed in room 2 in the front, I think its one... More 

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Haifa, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

location is perfect in the heart of town. The service is very kind and very helpful.. The room is just beautiful made in a very special way. the rooftop restaurant has an amazing view with very nice chairs!! I recommend every aspect of it..

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The Swahili House was recommended to us by our guesthouse in Paje: it is ideally located in the heart of Stone Town, 5min away from the main market and 5min the other way from the touristy alleys. It is a fantastically decorated and maintained historical building with a rooftop that gives breathtaking views of Stone Town and the surroundings. The... More 

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Brighton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We stayed two nights on the second floor at The Swahili House on arrival in Zanzibar. It is located in the heart of the historic area near the huge Darajani Market and not far from the Anglican Cathedral whose spire stands prominently on view from the rooftop terrace of the hotel. On arrival, the taxi dropped us off two blocks... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I stayed in room 17 on the third floor and paid 45 USD or equivalently, at the time, 75,000 TZS, per night, single occupancy with breakfast. The room and the bathroom are quite bright, airy and spacious, with three windows in the main room and another in the bathroom. The main room includes a king size canopy bed with mosquito... More 

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  • Wheelchair access
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Located in the bustling heart of Stone Town the building was originally set up and used as an Indian Merchant House in the 19th century. In the 125 years that were to come the building was home to one of the many Sultan families and then became a hotel some years ago. After purchasing the hotel, renovations started in May 2008. Most of the hotel has been restored into its original state, but we have been making some changes as well. The result is The Swahili House - a sparkling hotel with traditional influences and modern day facilities in combination with authentic Swahili hospitality. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Swahili House

Address: Mchambawima Street, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Zanzibar City > Stone Town
Price Range: $84 - $139 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Swahili House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 22
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The Swahili House Hotel Stone Town
The Swahili House Zanzibar Island/Stone Town
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